DANCE PROGRAMS

Dance Classes

Class Descriptions

Creative Movement – These classes introduce a structured environment while allowing children to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Focus is on coordination and rhythm introduced in creative and imaginative ways. Keeping students entertained while learning beginning dance skills will help them to acquire a lifelong love for dance.

Combo Classes Each class is carefully constructed to teach the fundamentals of ballet, tap and jazz through creative song games and fun activities. Combo classes are available for ages ages 2.5 to 8 years old and and feature a low student-teacher ratio.

Ballet Ballet is the “backbone” of all dance training. In ballet the student will learn grace, elegance, technique, discipline, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. We strongly feel that ballet is the most important dance form that a child or adult can study. We offer Ballet for all ages and abilities.

Pointe Dancers will learn to safely warmup, execute proper pointe technique, and perform strengthening exercises, as well as learn to care for the feet outside of the classroom. The student must receive teacher approval for this class as well as the pointe shoes chosen. Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from instructor is required before students begin taking pointe classes. A ballet classes is required along with pointe class.

Pre-Pointe This class is dedicated to teaching pointe fundamentals to students of the appropriate age and technical ability. Because of the risk of injury, students must be physically ready so one complete dance year of pre-pointe and a pointe evaluation is required before advancement to pointe class. The pointe evaluation allows teachers and students the opportunity to see where the student needs work in order to prepare for pointe. The evaluation focuses on legs (straightness and strength), feet (flexibility, strength, alignment, and shape), ankles (strength and straightness), and overall body alignment.

Jazz – Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style. Each level of jazz is a continuation of the previous level and increases in difficulty.

Hip Hop – This class will introduce young students’ to the basic vocabulary and style of hip hop movement. Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required.

Tap – The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies.

Acrobatics/Tumbling – Fundamentals of tumbling, students will learn front and back rolls, cartwheels, headstands, rolls, standing back bend and much more. Pyramids and building skills along with dance elements will be incorporated into the class as well.

Musical Theater – A form of  stage dance  that combines jazz dance with acting and song.   The story and emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. In this popular dance class, we will explore all aspects of Broadway-style stage performance, dancing to music from shows such as Wicked, Hairspray and The Wiz. This class is perfect for the star who wants to step in to the spotlight and shine and has a genuine passion for performing!

Turns Leaps and Conditioning –  This class will focus on various types of turns, leaps, jumps, technique, flexibility and muscle strength. Class is designed for the serious dancer in mind  that wishes to increase flexibility, strength, stamina and concentrate specifically on technique as it relates to various turns and leaps. All Advanced students are welcome. Instructor reserves the right to evaluate any student for class level readiness. Class is 1 hour in length. Dancers should be prepared for class in appropriate dance attire.

Lyrical – Very similar to ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance.

Contemporary  – A popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and western Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance, but due to its popularity amongst trained dancers and some overlap in movement type, it is often perceived as being closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.

CoreDance – Take this class in addition to other styles to enhance your technique and ability in other genres. Dancers will work on strengthening their core as well as improving flexibility.

Creative Choreographer – The process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamics schema. Dance improvisation is not only about creating new movement but is also defined as freeing the body from habitual movement patterns. Students will be allowed to create their own works and have a Student Showcase.

Yoga – Our yoga based Stretch classes blend stretching movement with the graceful control of dance to tone and invigorate the body and release stress. The aim is to develop core strength, ease and openness in the joints and a flexible, well balanced body.  This class is for Adults aged 16+ and open to all levels. Yoga mats are provided or you can bring your own.

Competition Dance – This program is designed for the student interested in competing, attending conventions, and taking the dance experience to a whole new level. Tryouts are required to be a part of this team.

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